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Thodos Dance Chicago

October 2, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

Breathtaking contemporary dance, including mixed repertory and "A Light in the Dark"—a story ballet based on the lives of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan.

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The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth

October 30, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

A live-action graphic novel—reminiscent of a 1930s radio play—about three fearless heroes who set out to save humanity from an evil, alien force.

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

November 14, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

Critically acclaimed, cross-cultural contemporary dance by an Asian-American choreographer who seamlessly blends dynamic American modern dance with graceful Chinese classical arts.

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Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

November 21, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

America’s favorite mystifier—and a top-12 finalist from "America’s Got Talent"—returns to the Arts Center for an encore performance.

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Garth Fagan Dance

December 2, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.
December 3, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.
December 4, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.
December 5, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.
December 5, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.
December 6, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.
December 6, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance’s 45th anniversary with premieres by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell, as well as spectacular revivals from the company’s repertoire.

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Cirque-tacular Entertainment’s holiday show: Snowkus Pocus

December 19, 2015 — 7:00 p.m.

Magic and spectacle abound in a whimsical world where cirque meets ballet for snow-y, blow-y family fun for ages 4 to 104.

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The Capitol Steps

December 31, 2015 — 6:30 p.m.
December 31, 2015 — 10:00 p.m.

A New Year’s Eve tradition of hilarious, irreverent, and bi-partisan politically based satire ripped from current headlines.

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William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

January 16, 2016 — 8:00 p.m.

An innovative fusion of music, art, and architecture, featuring the world’s largest harp on stage, with its strings traveling above the audience and converting the entire theater into an instrument.

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Rhythmic Circus: Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now!

January 23, 2016 — 8:00 p.m.

Eleven award-winning hoofers and musicians burst onto stage in funky costumes for a wildly creative, high-energy show of genre-hopping original music and hard-hitting percussive tap dance.

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Rochester City Ballet: The Ugly Duckling

February 6, 2016 — 2:00 p.m.
February 7, 2016 — 2:00 p.m.

Share this classic with your family and see Rochester City Ballet bring the popular characters to life on the stage.

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globalFEST On the Road: Creole Carnival

February 28, 2016 — 7:00 p.m.

The wildly popular global music showcase launches its first North American tour with the reigning queen of Haitian songs Emeline Michel, Rio’s innovative samba masters Casuarina, and Jamaica’s one-stringed guitar virtuoso Brushy One-String.

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Childsplay: The Cat in the Hat

March 5, 2016 — 11:00 a.m.
March 5, 2016 — 2:00 p.m.

With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, Dr. Seuss’s "Cat in the Hat" means the fun’s never done!

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Aquila Theatre: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

March 13, 2016 — 2:00 p.m.

The legendary sleuth takes the stage in this witty, fast-paced production, weaving a tale of mystery, suspense, and intrigue, and solving cases with split-second deductions.

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Imago Theatre: ZooZoo

March 20, 2016 — 2:00 p.m.

Mime, madcap illusion, comedy, and fun, in a world all its own where penguins play musical chairs, hippos have insomnia, and anteaters work as waiters.

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The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!

April 30, 2016 — 8:00 p.m.

Bill Blagg is changing reality one city at a time with his mind-blowing, large-scale illusions— such as walking through walls and bringing ordinary objects to life—and Rochester is next!

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Rochester City Ballet: Ballet on the Edge

May 13, 2016 — 8:00 p.m.
May 14, 2016 — 8:00 p.m.
May 15, 2016 — 2:00 p.m.

See the RCB dancers in a magnetic performance of riveting work, including favorites from the past and premieres by contemporary choreographers.

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Thodos Dance Chicago
The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Mike Super: Magic & Illusion
Garth Fagan Dance
Cirque-tacular Entertainment’s holiday show: Snowkus Pocus
The Capitol Steps
William Close and the Earth Harp Collective
Rhythmic Circus: Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now!
Rochester City Ballet: The Ugly Duckling
globalFEST On the Road: Creole Carnival
Childsplay: The Cat in the Hat
Aquila Theatre: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Imago Theatre: ZooZoo
The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
Rochester City Ballet: Ballet on the Edge
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